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County Urges Caution During Cold, Wintery Blast of Weather

By Staff

 

winter14Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo has urged residents to use additional caution when traveling or spending time outside Thursday into Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for our area continuing through 5 a.m. Friday.

“While we are no strangers to winter here in Monroe County, today’s wintery blast, with high winds, has the possibility to add risk to our commute today and tomorrow,” Dinolfo stated. “Anyone who finds themselves in weather-related crisis should contact 9-1-1.”

Additionally, students walking to school or waiting outside should dress appropriately for the weather due to subzero wind chill, Dinolfo stated.

The weather forecast anticipates five to nine inches of snow in the most persistent bands, but the primary concern is the subzero wind chill. Winds with speeds of 25-35 MPH with gusts up 50 MPH will likely lead to reduced visibility and drifting snow. In addition, the wind chills could drop into the negative teens, significantly increasing the risk of frostbite on exposed skin.

The Monroe County Office of Emergency Management has also offered the following tips to prepare for freezing temperatures:

  • Minimize outside activities, particularly for the elderly, youths and pets.
  • Stay informed, check the news for further emergency information, and up-to-date information on weather conditions.
  • Dress appropriately, wear loose, lightweight and warm clothing in several layers; also wear hats and gloves.
  • Check symptoms of hypothermia, include inability to concentrate, poor coordination, slurred speech, drowsiness, exhaustion and shivering.
  • Check for frostbite, skin may become numb or flushed.

According to officials, residents should monitor local television and radio for weather condition updates.

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